Sunday, June 3, 2007

The Consolation of Best Sellers

This past week, it's been a real treat to read in parallel two books that have recently stirred separate but indirectly related swirls of attention. One is journalist Christopher Hitchens's 'god is not Great'. The other, 'The Reagan Diaries'. Interestingly, when deciding between a journalist that Gore Vidal officially endorsed as his 'heir' (whatever that means) and a President who was, to put it gently, an intellectual lightweight - the more thought-provoking for me is the lightweight's volume. This is perhaps because I pretty well agree with Hitchens's view, so reading his argument is a kind of 3/4 victory lap. (Only a few divergences of opinion for this reader.) For the curious.

A candid moment between acts of divinity.

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